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Evergreen Venus upsets Radwanska in Melbourne

January 26, 2015 17:03 IST

Venus Williams in action. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Venus Williams advanced into her first Grand Slam quarter-final since the 2010 US Open with an upset 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 victory over sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska at the Australian Open on Monday.

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The 34-year-old, who suffers from Sjogren's syndrome, an auto-immune disease that can cause fatigue, was forced into a lengthy baseline battle with one of the best retrievers in the women's game.

Williams, however, put pressure on Radwanska's serve throughout, illustrated by the seventh game of the first set which lasted 15 minutes with the score locked at deuce 12 times before the American converted her sixth break point.

Radwanska appeared to have taken Williams' legs out from her in the second set before the 18th seed found a second wind in the decider, jumping out to a 4-1 lead as the Pole's accuracy disintegrated, then breaking to love and serving out to set up a quarter-final against fellow American Madison Keys.

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